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At Edtech Insiders, we interview founders, investors, operators, educators, and thought leaders about the future of education technology. You’ll hear from leaders across the education technology industry and learn about all of the important edtech trends happening globally.

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At Edtech Insiders, we interview founders, investors, operators, educators, and thought leaders about the future of education technology. You’ll hear from leaders across the education technology industry and learn about all of the important edtech trends happening globally.

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English


Episodes

Building the Future of Code: Per Borgen Unveils Scrimba's AI Engineering Initiative

11/27/2023
Per Borgen is the CEO and co-founder of Scrimba (YC S20), an interactive code-learning platform with over a million users worldwide. He’s also a web developer and coding instructor. Per's passion is to help people change their careers and lives through learning how to build software, just as he did at age 29. These days, he leads Scrimba's AI Engineering initiative. The company has partnered up with Hugging Face and LangChain to create tutorials and courses that help web developers learn how to build AI-powered apps. Through these partnerships, Per get a front-row seat at how these AI infrastructure companies lay the groundwork that the rest of the industry builds on top of. Recommended Resource: Latent Space: Rise of the AI Engineer

Duration:00:39:06

Advancing Equitable STEM: Math Education Revolution with Anurupa Ganguly of Prisms

11/22/2023
Anurupa Ganguly is the founder & CEO of Prisms. She founded Prisms to scale a new world teaching model where students learn core math and science concepts spatially, physically and steeped in important real world contexts. Prisms targets bottleneck topics that are often memorized in lieu of deeply understood -- leading to huge gaps and drops offs over time in STEM. Anurupa and her team are transforming math education in the US by rapidly deploying the next generation of spatial computing devices across US K-12 districts, training teachers to integrate problem-driven learning with VR into core curriculum, and working with district leadership to rapidly improve joy, confidence and proficiencies in the modern math and science classrooms. She began her career as a math & physics teacher and later served in leadership roles across the Boston Public Schools, NYC DOE, and Success Academies. She holds degrees in EECS from MIT, and an EdM from BU. Her life's mission is to empower an equitable workforce in STEM. Recommended Resource: Experience on Demand by Jeremy Bailenson

Duration:00:42:27

Week in Edtech 11/21/2023: Edtech Titans in Flux: Sam Altman's Move from OpenAI to Microsoft and 2U's CEO Shift

11/21/2023
This is a special episode focusing on two major leader ship changes in technology and their ramifications for Edtech: Sam Altman being released from OpenAI and hired by Microsoft, and Chip Paucek being replaced as CEO of 2U.

Duration:00:58:11

Week in Edtech 11/15/2023: OpenAI's Agents "GPTs", Edtech Trends, Acquisitions and Special Guest: Johann Zimmern, Zoom One for Education

11/21/2023
In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss: Artificial Intelligence: Executive Order on AI includes mandate that Education Department roll out guidance on the way schools should use AI technologiesOpenAI launches Agents (“GPTs”)OpenAI introduces custom AI assistants called “GPTs” that play different rolesMy North Star for the Future of AIForget ChatGPT — Extractive AI Is the Real Game-Changer for Teachers, StudentsRosalyn Launches StableSight, an Exam Proctoring AI That Counters Generative AI Use and Cheating RingsK-12: Home Schooling’s rise from fringe to fastest growing form of educationInstructure acquires Parchment for ~$800MByju’s in Talks to Sell US Unit Epic for $400 Million to JoffreTeachers and K-12 EducationHigher Ed: The False Binary in Higher EdChanges to university research Carnegie ratingsUniversities can’t accommodate all the computer science majorsFacing Pressure on Enrollment, Will Colleges Support More Transfer StudentsThis Obscure College Major Commands $100K Within Four YearsWorkforce: Udemy 2024 workforce trends reportSpecial Guest: Johann Zimmern, Education Strategy Lead at Zoom featuring Zoom One for Education

Duration:01:22:31

Inside Instructure: Shiren Vijiasingam Discusses AI, Partner Programs, and Education Evolution

11/20/2023
Shiren Vijiasingam is the Chief Product Officer at Instructure, the leading learning platform and maker of Canvas. Shiren has built global software products for millions of users, for over 2 decades, with more than half of his time in education. He previously served as Chief Product Officer, both at Newsela, a K-12 content platform, and before that at General Assembly, the pioneer of career transformation education. He has a master’s degree in interactive media from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Cloud State University. Recommended Resources: Instructure.com/ai Dr. Jordan Nguyen’s website

Duration:00:48:33

Special Episode: AI Founders Forum

11/13/2023
In this special episode of Edtech Insiders, Sarah Morin interviews seven founders of AI education companies at the AI Founders Forum held earlier last month in San Francisco. John DannerProject ReadCatalin VossElloChristian ByzaLearn.xyzCourtney MonkSchoolyticsGautam ThaparEnlighten AIShweta GandhiStrived.ioBrandon GrusdEthiqly AI

Duration:00:53:38

Week in Edtech 11/07/2023: Breaking Down Biden's AI Executive Order and Its Impact on Education Plus Special Guest Christian Byza of Learn.xyz

11/9/2023
In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss: 1. AI + EDU Conference Replays held last October 26, 2023 are now live on the Edtech Insiders Youtube Channel. 2. Stanford Accelerate Edtech Impact Summit 3. Biden's AI Executive Order 4. Edtech Noon closes $41 million Series B - Wamda 5. Interview with guest Christian Byza of Learn.xyz 6. Funding Rounds/M&As Slooh raises $5MInstructure acquires Parchment for $800MBibliu acquires Texas Book CompanyVector Solutions acquires PATHWAYosRise In acquires Blockbeam

Duration:01:18:32

Educational Technology Redefined: Inside Noodle Factory's AI Platform with Dr. Jim Wagstaff and Yvonne Soh

11/6/2023
Today we’re speaking with Yvonne Soh and Jim Wagstaff, the co-founders of Noodle Factory, an AI-powered teaching and learning platform based in Singapore. Before co-founding Noodle Factory, Yvonne Soh spent many years in adult education, working closely with different companies to incorporate technology to improve learning outcomes. Previously, Yvonne worked in product, product marketing, and solution development roles at Dell Technologies and F5 Networks. Dr. Jim Wagstaff co-founded Noodle Factory, is also the co-founder of Jam Factory and a founding board member of Up 2 Speed–companies that focus on corporate training. Jim began his career at Dell Technologies, Brocade Communications, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in various sales, pre-sales, sales management, channel management, general management, and executive roles. Most recently, Jim was Vice- President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s data storage business in the APJ region. Jim earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Liverpool (UK). His ongoing research focuses on how organizations harness the power of digital capabilities to better serve customers, students, and users. Jim has also earned his post-doctoral diploma in academic practice from the University of Liverpool in coordination with the Fellowship for Higher Education in the UK, where his ongoing work includes action research concerning the use of generative AI in teaching and learning. Recommended Resources: Techcrunch learnprompting.org

Duration:00:52:54

Week in Edtech 10/30/23: Biden's Upcoming AI Executive Order, Edtech Events, State of AI Report plus Special Guest Erin Mote of InnovateEDU

11/3/2023
In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss: 1. Recap of the Edtech Insiders October Events: AI+EDU Conference 2. Biden's AI executive order coming Monday, October 30th. Sweeping new Biden order aims to alter the AI landscape3. Edtech Events: AI dominates Educause conferenceASU+GSV Air Show 4. State of AI Report 2023: a 160+ page report covering trends across research, industry adoption, politics and safety of AI. Nathan Beinach’s director cut (a snapshot of key themes and ideas) here. 5. American Federation of Teachers partners with AI identification platform, GPTZero 6. DALL·E 3 is now available in ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise 7. Blueprint Prep Introduces the First and Only AI-Powered MCAT Tutor 8. K-12: Dozens of states sue Instagram-parent Meta over 'addictive' features and youth mental health harms9. Higher Ed: Undergraduate enrollment up for the first time since 2020Undergraduate enrollment increases after years of decline10. Big Tech: Slack takes week off for upskillingMultiverse cuts jobs in move away from school-leaver apprenticeshipsDuolingo Previews Its Multi-Subject Future at Duocon 2023Snap partners with edtech company Inspirit to bring its AR tech to 50 US schools11. Interview with guest Erin Mote, CEO of InnovateEDU SIIA puts out AI principles

Duration:01:18:24

Week in Edtech, 10/20/2023, Bootcamp Visionaries with Gautam Tambay of Springboard and Shaquille O'Neal-Backed Innovations with Kyle Wallgren of Edsoma

11/1/2023
In this episode, join us for an insightful exploration into the ever-evolving landscape of education technology and innovation. Gautam Tambay, the CEO and founder of Springboard, provides a comprehensive look at the dynamic bootcamp industry. He shares valuable insights into Springboard's innovative three-pronged approach, catering to individual learners, businesses, and academic institutions, highlighting the success and impact of this multifaceted model. Additionally, our conversation with Kyle Wallgren, CEO of Edsoma, sheds light on the remarkable journey of an entrepreneur making significant waves in the edtech sphere. Having recently drawn attention during New York Edtech Week, Kyle's innovative approach, particularly in the domain of early reading, has been noteworthy. The episode delves into Kyle's transition from a non-edtech background to impactful work within the industry and explores the exciting endeavors facilitated by the backing of a high-profile investor, Shaquille O'Neal. Join us for a captivating discussion featuring industry visionaries, sharing their insights, experiences, and the future of education technology. Get inspired by the innovative trajectories and forward-thinking strategies embraced by these influential figures in the world of edtech. Subscribe now!

Duration:00:39:15

Honorlock's Evolution: AI and Academic Proctoring with Paul Morales and Jordan Adair

10/30/2023
Honorlock is an online test proctoring service that combines AI software like computer vision with decision making of live test proctors. Paul Morales leads Honorlock’s software and operations technology initiatives with a “security-first” approach. Paul believes that Information Security and Privacy are of the utmost importance in both professional and personal environments. Jordan Adair is the VP of Product at Honorlock. Jordan began his career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher. After transitioning into educational technology, he became focused on delivering products designed to empower instructors and improve the student experience. Recommended Resources: Midjourney Khanmigo by Sal Khan Lex Fridman podcast Reddit Hacker News

Duration:00:56:26

Interactive Storytelling for Engaging Education with Maia Glikman of GoKidGo and Matt Hammersley of Novel Effect

10/23/2023
Maia Glikman is a Los Angeles based producer whose body of work spans numerous areas of the entertainment industry. Highlights as an executive include several years at ABC Network, Lucasfilm and Sony Pictures Television. Maia is the CEO of GoKidGo, Inc. and Never Ever Productions, female led ventures developing exceptional IP for children and adults respectively. As a creative producer, Maia’s mandate is the production of high-quality content that resonates with today’s audience, most especially those that champion female and underrepresented voices. Most recently, R.L. Stine’s Story Club, produced by GoKidGo, has been selected as a Best of the Best finalist for "Best Podcast” at the 2022 Cynopsis Awards. Matt Hammersley is the Co-Founder and CEO at Novel Effect, Inc. Novel Effect is an award-winning mobile app that follows along during story time with interactive music, sound effects, and character voices creating magical moments when you read aloud with your child. They are on a mission to empower educators, parents, and kids to connect and engage with each other and books. Their unique form of storytelling brings the story to life, engaging and capturing the imaginations of children and their grown-ups. They believe every child is full of potential and that more well-read children in the world will create a better future for us all! Recommended Resources: Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:46:56

Game-Based Learning and the Future of Education: Insights from Rebecca Kantar of Roblox

10/20/2023
Rebecca Kantar serves as Vice President of Education and Director of the Roblox Community Fund at Roblox Corporation (NYSE: RBLX), a technology platform bringing the world together through play. Rebecca is responsible for growing Roblox’s education vertical into a self-sustaining ecosystem of outstanding educational content creators, bringing deeper learning curricular materials to educators and students. Roblox Education connects educational organizations with extraordinary Roblox developer studios through Roblox Community Fund grants. Rebecca came to Roblox in 2020 when Roblox acquired Imbellus Inc., a simulation-based assessment technology company Rebecca founded and led. Rebecca founded Imbellus with conviction that better educational assessments would drive deeper teaching and learning and in turn, more students graduating ready for adulthood. In delivering operational, fair, valid, and reliable assessments at scale, Imbellus demonstrated the potential for simulation-based assessments to measure deep thinking skills in high-stakes workforce and educational contexts. Rebecca led Imbellus in raising over $23M, signing multimillion-dollar development contracts with Fortune 500 corporations and in completing successful M&A transactions with Roblox Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Prior to launching Imbellus, Rebecca founded an expert network that Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) acquired in 2012. Rebecca serves as a Vice Chair of the Museum of Science Board of Trustees, where she serves on the Campaign Cabinet and as Vice Chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee. Rebecca has served as an advisor to the Common Application and to the MA Common Start Coalition. Rebecca grew up in Newton, MA and currently lives in Massachusetts. Links: Roblox's educational partner site, for organizations or developers interested in building experiences in various subjects - including well-being, social/emotional learning on Roblox: https://education.roblox.com/partners/ Recommended Resources: Whiteboard Advisors newsletter COVID-19 Policy Update by John Bailey Emily in Your Phone newsletter to stay up to date on state of public school happenings Nice White Parents podcast Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:01:06:47

From Campus to Cloud: Dustin Ramsdell on the Digital-First University Journey

10/16/2023
Dustin Ramsdell is an EdTech content creator and influencer who aims to drive meaningful conversations with top leaders in the Higher Ed field. His show, The Higher Ed Geek Podcast, explores all the nuances of higher education, with a focus on innovative technology and practices from his fellow professionals. Dustin also currently works as the Community Engagement Lead at Pathify. He loves craft beer, good pizza, and sustainability. Dustin lives happily in Delaware with his wife, Jenn, and their daughter, Ellie. Recommended Resources: Student Success Event by Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed November 7–9, 2023 University of California, Los Angeles Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:42:32

Unveiling the Magic of Educational Podcasts with Ben Strouse of Gen-Z Media

10/12/2023
Ben Strouse oversees Gen-Z Media, the studio behind the biggest middle-grade and family podcast mysteries and adventures. Its slate of more than 20 shows includes “Six Minutes,” the most downloaded family drama in history and a big classroom favorite, the Peabody Award winning classic “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel,” and its current hit, “Nightingale”, in which three teens with cancer find a portal in the hospital basement leading to another world. GZM Shows focuses exclusively on producing smart and purposeful digital programming created specifically to impact and engage tweens, teens and family audiences. Recommended Resources: gzmclassroom.com weareteachers.com list of podcasts Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:01:04:25

Skills, Education, and the Future: A Conversation with David Shacklette of Harvard Skills Lab

10/10/2023
David Shacklette is the Product Manager for the Harvard Skills Lab, a Schmidt Futures funded research initiative and startup that designs performance-based assessment tools that can be used by universities, businesses, and individuals to provide a clearer picture of the foundational skills (sometimes called “soft skills”) required for individuals and teams to succeed in the labor market. Prior to joining the Skills Lab, David has held product roles at Fortune Magazine, where most notably he launched and scaled Fortune’s first education vertical (fortune.com/education) in partnership with 2U, and has previously held a variety of operational and leadership roles in venture capital and early-stage startups in the Bay Area. David holds a Master’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he focused on topics in the fields of Educational Neuroscience and AI. Recommended Resources: https://www.skillslab.dev/game-library Forked Lightning by David Deming Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:48:32

Navigating the Future of AI, Education, and Beyond with Amanda Bickerstaff

10/9/2023
Amanda Bickerstaff is the Founder and CEO of AI for Education. A former high school biology teacher and EdTech executive with over 20 years of experience in the education sector, she has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that AI can offer. She is a frequent consultant, speaker, and writer on the topic of AI in education, leading workshops and professional learning across both K12 and Higher Ed. Amanda is committed to helping schools and teachers maximize their potential through the ethical and equitable adoption of AI. Recommended Resources: One Useful Thing by Prof. Ethan Mollick Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:58:59

Learning Made Efficient: The Brainscape Approach with Andrew Cohen

10/2/2023
Andrew Cohen is the founder & CEO of Brainscape, a web & mobile education platform that helps millions of people study more efficiently. Brainscape allows students of all ages to create, share, and find great “smart flashcards” for any subject, and to study them using a fun, social experience that is scientifically proven to boost learning results. Before starting Brainscape, Andrew worked as an international economist (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), eLearning curriculum developer (Satori Consulting and United Nations), and government corruption fighter (World Bank). He holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Columbia University and is obsessed with optimizing human development using cognitive science. Recommended Resources: Brainscape website Brainscape mobile app Brainscape Academy Brainscape YouTube Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:55:46

From Textbooks to AI-Driven Education with Jessica Tenuta of Packback

9/25/2023
Jessica Tenuta is the Chief Product Officer and Cofounder of Packback, where she works with engineering, design, and support teams to design a product experience that fuels student curiosity and builds more confident writers. Outside of her time at Packback Jessica is the cofounder and creative director of Play Together, a Chicago-based non-profit art-and-music label that produces limited edition collaborations between a visual artist and a musical artist, with proceeds benefiting a selected Chicago arts education program. Jess has been featured in Forbes, the Chicago Sun Times, Fast Company, the Techweek 100, TEDx, and Chicago Inno. Packback is an award-winning learning platform for improving writing, critical thinking, and motivation skills. Unlike generative AI models, which power tools like ChatGPT and can be used to generate complete passages of text on behalf of a user, Packback uses AI to coach students to build their critical thinking and writing skills. Recommended Resources Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:01:01:05

Week in Edtech, 9/22/23, Part 2: Deep Dives with Toddle Learning and Project Read

9/22/2023
In this special episode of Week in Edtech, we speak to two leaders in the K12 space using AI to support teachers and learners: Deepanshu Arora, Founder and CEO of Toddle Learning Toddle's mission is to help teaching teams around the world do their best work. More specifically, Toddle is an end-to-end solution for all your teaching and learning needs. Teaching teams use Toddle for curriculum planning, assessments, student portfolios, projects, progress reports, classroom management, family communication and much more. Vivek Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder of Project Read Built by teachers and AI experts from Stanford, Project Read is an ambitious effort to make personalized reading support accessible for all kids, regardless of income. Accessible in browsers on mobile, tablet or desktop. Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking! Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference

Duration:00:59:11